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[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see comic, -al1
Related forms
comicality, comicalness, noun
comically, adverb
noncomical, adjective
noncomically, adverb
noncomicalness, noun
noncomicality, noun
quasi-comical, adjective
quasi-comically, adverb
semicomical, adjective
semicomically, adverb
uncomical, adjective
uncomically, adverb
Can be confused
comedic, comic, comical.
1. See amusing. Unabridged
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  • Their diminutive sizes makes the bodies look rather comical when the larger lenses are affixed.
  • It is a character that hauntingly emerges out of a disarmingly comical film.
  • It's pretty comical really, everyone's playing the system.
British Dictionary definitions for comical


causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comical

early 15c., "comic," from comic (or Latin comicus) + -al (1). Meaning "funny" is from 1680s. Earlier Middle English had an identical word meaning "epileptic," from Latin morbus comitialis "epilepsy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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